Granger, Ind. – U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly released the following statement after President Trump’s executive action today directing the Department of Commerce to investigate and determine whether steel imports are harming our economy and our national security, as well as if these imports are causing American workers to lose their jobs.
Donnelly said, “I’m pleased by President Trump’s action today on an issue I’ve worked on for years – protecting the American steel industry. As a Senator from a state that accounts for one quarter of all domestic steel capacity, I believe it’s important that our policies protect the domestic industry, crack down on bad actors, and stop illegally traded steel from saturating our markets. I will work with the President to protect Hoosier steelworkers and the health of our steel industry.”
While Indiana accounts for one quarter of all U.S. domestic steel production, illegally dumped steel from China and other countries has flooded the American market, dramatically lowering prices and unfairly putting American workers at a competitive disadvantage. In 2016, Donnelly called on President Obama to prioritize enforcement against illegally dumped steel.
According to the Northwest Indiana Times, citing the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, steel jobs nationally have fallen more than 35 percent to 87,000 jobs last year, down from 135,000 jobs in 2000.
To help Indiana’s steel industry and other manufacturers, Donnelly helped enact the Leveling the Playing Field Act and ENFORCE Act to ensure American companies can fight unfair trade practices before the damage is already done; testified in-person at the International Trade Commission in support of Indiana’s steel industry; and has sent numerous letters in support of U.S. trade enforcement efforts to crack down on the illegal dumping and subsidizing of unfairly traded steel and aluminum products.